Varicose Veins? Learn how to Manage Comfort with a few Simple Tips
- Posted on: May 15 2016
Varicose veins can pose a significant concern; not necessarily for overall health, but for general wellness. When veins in the legs enlarge and twist, discomfort may occur relatively quickly depending on your lifestyle habits. The cause of varicose veins is the backup of blood in these problematic vessels. At The Vein Clinic, our goal is to help individual patients learn to manage comfort while living with varicose veins. Additionally, we provide excellent care when the time comes to remove them.
Tips for Living with Varicose Veins
- Move more frequently. Varicose veins may become uncomfortable if you sit for too long, or sit with your legs crossed. On the other hand, pain may also occur if you stand or walk for an extended period of time. To remedy this aspect of varicose veins, it is best to implement habits that keep you moving more frequently. Get up from your desk once every hour just to wiggle your legs for a minute or two, or to walk from your workspace to another.
- Wear sensible shoes. Fortunately, the standard of dress has evolved in recent years. No longer are women expected to wear stockings and stilettos, and this is advantageous on many levels. Heels have a negative effect on blood flow because the calf muscles cannot pump blood properly when the heel is lifted. To improve circulation, minimize heels and wear shoes with good arch support as often as possible.
- After a long day, you may want nothing more than to sit back with your legs up. This is exactly what you should do when you have varicose veins. In fact, experts recommend elevation for about 20 minutes as often as three times a day.
- Support circulation. People with varicose veins can slow the progression of their condition by wearing compression stockings. Several varieties of stockings are available today, which allows you to achieve the intended support based on the severity of your condition.
- Keep it cool. Of course a nice soak in the tub or in a sauna sounds really nice every now and then. Just be mindful that heat causes your veins to become wider, thus able to hold more blood. When there is an issue with blood pooling, heat can exacerbate uncomfortable symptoms. If varicose veins are severe, hot tub use should be avoided altogether.
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